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New England in the Fall: Why It’s the Best Autumn Destination in America

September 20, 2022 By CityPASS

When the hot summer air begins saying its goodbyes and the cool breeze arrives in the autumn months, there's only one place in North America you want to be; New England.

As swim trunks give way to sweaters and the summer greens take on their annual autumn colors, more than 8 million "leaf peepers" flock to New England in the Fall to take in the breathtaking views. However, a New England fall trip offers more than its brilliant fall foliage.

Best Places to Visit in New England in the Fall

The fall vacations New England offers range from the scientifically educating to the supernaturally spooky — there's something for everyone in the National Parks and charming towns that dot the area. Plus, for those who crave city adventures, Boston and the famous Fenway Park are a scenic drive away.

From famous breweries to family-owned apple orchards, here are some of the best places to visit in New England in the fall.

The Ideal Month for Peak Foliage Season

First of all, when is the best time for peak fall foliage? It changes slightly every year, depending on weather patterns and where you're going. In 2022, late September through early October is supposed to be the peak time in the surrounding Boston area.

From Cape Cod to the Berkshires, you can't go wrong planning your road trip itinerary through Massachusetts around the Columbus Day weekend.

Fun Autumn Adventure Activities

Whether visiting a quaint town for a hot air balloon ride or adventuring through one of the 121 National Parks in the area, New England trips in the fall are bound to be fun for families, couples, and anyone who enjoys memorable adventures.

Embark on a Spooky Adventure Around Halloween

Fall is the time for ghouls, ghosts, and ancient myths of the supernatural. Being such a large historical region in North America, New England is alive with spooky tales from the past.

Throughout October, the town of Salem — only an hour outside of Boston — offers ghost tours to commemorate the Salem Witch Trials. However, these tours fill up fast, so early reservations are recommended.

See the Fall Night Sky at Boston's Museum of Science After Hours

The Museum of Science is home to a myriad of exhibits. From dinosaurs to technology, there's always something new to explore.

But, for parents and other adults searching for an immersive experience under the autumn night sky, Boston's Museum of Science offers after-hours programs that feature live music, gaming, art experiences, and more.

The planetarium even offers immersive shows with stunning visuals of the outer world, choreographed to the music of a live chamber orchestra. It's something you have to see to believe.

These events are for guests 18 years of age and older, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Drink Cider in Front of Sweeping Views

While the West Coast brags about its craft beer, New England can't be beaten when it comes to craft cider. As you end your scenic drive each day, don't forget that one of the best places to visit in New England in the fall is a cidery for a cool pint and breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

After starting out in Boston, head out to experience the countryside and follow the brilliant fall foliage that will take you to Pony Shack. Pony Shack cidery is an excellent stop-off for great craft cider. You'll have to book a tour and tasting, but the surrounding views are worth it.

New England is home to a vast supply of amazing apples, so your choices won't be limited no matter where you are.

Enjoy a Day of Apple Picking

While you're in apple country, don't forget to pick some of your own at one of New England's many apple orchards.

New England is famous for its variety of apples, including the oldest known cultivated variety in America — the Roxbury Russet, which dates back as far as 1635. Around four million 42-pound boxes of apples come out of New England every year, and taking the family out for a day of apple picking is a local tradition.

The autumn months are always the peak time for apple picking, and orchards are ready with lush rows of over two hundred varieties of apples to choose from. Plus, when your basket is full, orchards offer additional exciting family activities like petting zoos, pumpkin patches, and hay rides.

And, of course, there's no shortage of delicious apple-based treats such as cider donuts, jams, hot cider, pies, and anything else the imagination could conjure during its rich history as New England's prized fruit.

Also, while you're out in the countryside, look for hot air balloon rides to see the sprawling orchards and fall foliage in a totally unique way!

Join the Oktoberfest Festivities

No, you're not in Munich — you're in Boston. Bostonians love their German beer and cuisine; that's why Oktoberfest events are held all across the city throughout the entire festival.

Perhaps the greatest celebrations of Oktoberfest in New England will be held at none other than the famous Sam Adams brewery. As one of Boston's most renowned breweries, Sam Adams offers German-inspired brews, live music, and stein-hoisting competitions during its Oktoberfest celebration. Events are held at their taproom in downtown Boston and its brewery in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood.

Plan Your Next Trip to New England this Fall

There's no question that New England in the fall is a dream. The promise of the holidays approaching, watching the splendor of nature change before your eyes, and celebrating a new season with family and friends — it's something to look forward to every year. So, if you've been dreaming of a New England fall trip, then perhaps this is the year to book a flight to Boston and go for it.

When you get there, CityPASS® tickets can help you save money on your trip. There are so many things to do — wouldn't it be helpful to bundle them together to save some cash for an extra night or two? Boston CityPASS® tickets can help you save up to on top attractions in Boston.

Imagine taking a city cruise and then heading to the Museum of Science for a spectacular show and not worrying about the cost. Boston CityPASS® tickets can help make your New England trip exciting and affordable.

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